Breaking: 11th Circuit Will Hear Florida Felon Cases Initially En Banc, Stays District Court Order (a Bad Sign for Plaintiffs)

Back on May 25, I wrote In Detailed and Thoughtful Opinion, Federal Court Holds Florida Law Requiring Ex-Felons to Repay Fines Before Restoration of Voting Rights Unconstitutional for Those Who Cannot Afford to Pay and Those Who Cannot Know How Much They Owe.

The case was expedited for appeal before the 11th Circuit, but now comes news that not only has the 11th Circuit taken the rare step of deciding this case en banc (by the full court); it has also put the district court’s ruling on hold. This could well signal a reversal, and the potential that a number of felons will remain disenfranchised in Florida at the time of the November election.

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